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Nancy Quadri Bennett '78

Nancy Bennett

Nancy Bennett

Nancy Bennett

Passionate Lifelong Learner: Mermaid Society Donor Profile

Tell us about your career. What does a typical workday look like for you?

I had a rewarding career in public libraries. It was a field where I could pursue so many interests in community service, management, marketing, research, programming, social discourse, etc. Then came all the changes in technology that allowed us to do what we always did but even better and faster.  Working in a public library was like a microcosm of society where you never knew what the day would bring. Anything and everything could happen.  Public libraries may be the most democratic of all institutions and are more vital now than ever.

Can you speak to how Dickinson’s useful liberal-arts education helped you in your life?

I always loved school and knew I wanted to go to a liberal-arts college. The liberal arts provide a solid foundation in knowledge and skills that really help guide you through your professional and personal life.

What inspired your gift to Dickinson?

I just automatically started making annual donations after graduation. It’s what I wanted to do. I had such a rewarding experience at Dickinson that I wanted to express my appreciation and to contribute to making it a continuing positive environment and experience for those to come.

What is your favorite memory from your time at Dickinson?

So many flashes of memories come to mind, but the standout was the interaction with my classmates, faculty and staff. The connections and friendships made are to be treasured.

Can you tell us about what you do outside of work—hobbies, interests, etc.?

I have so many interests—first and foremost—I’m a passionate lifelong learner and I take OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) classes at Duke and North Carolina State Universities. I enjoy theatre, concerts, museum exhibits and activities, and visiting zoos—especially those with gorillas, who fascinate me. I’m an avid tennis fan and player. I also play pickleball and take fitness classes.  I enjoy reading, but finding the time isn’t easy. I have an interest in many things culinary and collect cookbooks and food writing titles. My newest interest is in colored pencil fine art. It’s a wonderful medium in which you can create amazing works of art. So many express surprise unbelieving what can be done with colored pencils. (I know I did.) 

What is one piece of advice you would give to today’s students?

Make the most of your college experience; they’re exciting years when you begin to discover who you are and the person that you will become. You’re really just beginning your lifelong journey.

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Published August 7, 2020